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El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, 2008
1. El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker
Inscription. Cuban exiles in the 1890's met to plot for independence at a restaurant operated on this site by the patriot Antonio Menendez, a Chinese from Cuba. Many revolutionaries on their way to join the Mambi Army in Cuba, were given warm welcome and free rations. The Freedom fighters, before leaving for guerilla warfare in the savannas, were equipped with machetes and knives from the kitchen of El Chino - Pajarito. On occasions Jose Marti dined here with rebel leaders.
 
Erected 1962 by The Optimist Club of Ybor City.
 
Location. 27° 57.657′ N, 82° 26.666′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on 8th Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Ybor City Historic District of Tampa, between between 13th and 14th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Liga Patriotica De Instruccion (a few steps from this marker); Ybor City's First Fire Station (within shouting distance of this marker); “Cuba” (within shouting distance of this marker); JosÚ MartÝ (within shouting
El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
2. El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker
distance of this marker); Founding of the Cigar Industry in Tampa (within shouting distance of this marker); La Casa de Pedroso (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named La Casa de Pedroso (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Antonio Maceo Grajales (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tampa.
 
Regarding El Chino — Pajarito Restaurant. Mentioned on the marker, The Mambi Army was the National Army of Liberation that defeated the Spanish through two wars: 1868-1876 and again 1895-1898. Mambi is a Congo word. Recent estimates of the participation of Cubans of African descent in the Mambi Army run as high as 92%.
 
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El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
3. El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker
Near this site, editor Ramon Rivero y Rivero published the newspaper, Cuba, from 1887 to 1898. It was dedicated to the cause of the island's independence from Spain. Hillsborough County's first legal hanging took place near here on May 17, 1850. Jose Perfino, known as "El Indio", was executed for the murder of Thomas Cline.
El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 13, 2008
4. El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker
located on the South side of 8th Ave.
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By AGS Media, June 4, 2010
5. El Chino-Pajarito Restaurant Marker
Thankfully, in 2010, the marker is standing much more upright. The marker is capped with the emblem of the Ybor City Rotary Club, which features the flags of the USA, Cuba, and historical variants of the flags of Italy and Spain, the steamship Hutchinson, and a cigar.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,453 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 24, 2016.
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